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Da Art of Storytellin’

on October 14, 2009

“…but in spite all of the bullshit we on our back staring at the stars above (aww man) Talkin bout what we gonna be when we grow up I said what you wanna be, she said, “Alive”
It made me think for a minute, then looked in her eyes…”

My first song of the morning. I knew I wanted to write today, but wasn’t sure what about exactly–then this song inspired me. I don’t talk about them often, but Outkast is one of my favorite groups. I am of course partial to mostly east coast hip hop but I loved Outkast immediately. The first time I heard Players Ball and Southernplayalistic…dope. But anyways this song, titled above, I love because Andre 3000 tells a good story–his verse made me think and it made me love them even more, and of course it features Slick Rick, who is known as “The Storyteller”.

Thinking about this song, and on the slight buzz of Hip Hop Honors last night–just had me feeling very nostalgic for the music I grew up listening too. It made me realize I really appreciate hip hop that tells a story, something that is so lyrically on point yet gives you introduction, body and conclusion. I mean anyone can rap–and have a nice flow about BS, but what are you exactly saying?! if its lyrically tight and the flow is on point? If I can close my eyes and SEE it?  Which brings me to one of my favorites, BIG. I love Big because he was great at telling a story. I mean one of my favorites–I Got A Story to  Tell. Warning? What’s Beef? so many songs.

But back to Kast. Aquemini is my favorite album of theirs, ATLiens close second. So most of my favorites will be from these two, even though I rocked with their debut, and Speakerboxx/The Love Below–I can’t say I was too strong on Stankonia or Idlewild. sorry. I posted awhile ago about Goodie Mob and their Dungeon Family crew–and nobody commented on that post *click here*, which was pretty strange to me, but anyway…

Elevators: do I really have to even explain why I love this? I remember when this came out it was so fresh, NOTHING was out like this. Nothing. it was just so unique and I loved it. And if for nothing else this one line “if you don’t  move yo feet then I don’t eat, so we like neck to neck, yes we done come a long way like them slim ass cigarettes, from Virginia, this aint gon stop, so we just gon’ still continue..”

Spottieottiedopalicious: this is probably my favorite Outkast song, if I had to choose one–its that storytelling! He’s not even rapping on this song, but the music is so dope. I think if I ever met Andre 3000 and he started talking to me, this beat would be playing in my head. have mercy! lol and Big Boi’s verse is hilarious.

Benz or Beamer: from the New Jersey Drive Soundtrack. cool video. the debut of the bankhead bounce!!!

Rosa Parks: a true dance song. I can’t hear this and not want to move…I think this was when I first really heard of “crunk”.

ATLiens: “I’m cooler than a polar bear’s toenails”. I really say this often in my regular life. lol

Skew it on the Bar-B: classic collabo, yall know I effs with Raeqwon! oh 3 stacks flow was so sick on this!

Return of the “G”: “peace my brother peace…but everytime I tried to get a peace of mind, niggas try to get a piece of mine, so I gotta grab my piece…”

Prototype: blogged about this one before too, its not hip hop but who the hell cares! lol.

The Way You Move: another dance track. and love Big Boi’s flow.and I just love the hell outta Sleepy Brown. Where is he? “I can’t wait” is my jam! still.  I’m really gonna go buy his new CD when it comes out (I think) cuz that’s my dude.

Hollywood Divorce: dope track, dope features. only really good ish on Idlewild. lmao

So Fresh, So Clean: this song always makes me think of my block show, this was one of our line’s greeting songs. Never forget that day, we were so hyped for our intro on this! moving on…ok so there’s ONE song from Stankonia.

and here’s another song from Stankonia, I liked it but it really wasn’t a favorite. This is back when you could make songs about your ex thats also in the industry and it not be messy.

“you can plan a pretty picnic but  you can’t predict the weather”

“forever, forever ever? forever ever?” -another classic line. *sigh* I miss college. and good hip hop! viva la 90’s!

I know I left out a lot, so what are you favorite OutKast songs?

10 responses to “Da Art of Storytellin’

  1. Crooky says:

    You named some of my favorites, but truly Southernplayalistic was MY FAVORITE CD hands down. I remember the first time I saw Outkast on the screen….they didn’t give me “typical ATL dude” (although really that’s what they were).

    Oh yeah, “B.O.B.” (from Stankonia) gets me CRUNK EVERYTIME I hear it.

  2. max says:

    ah this post made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. sometimes i forget how much i adore outkast. we have a lot of the same favourites – but i would have to throw in jazzy belle for sure. that’s my #1 favourite outkast song ever.

  3. Reecie says:

    Max, I actually had Jazzy Belle on my list but took it off, thought my list was getting a bit long–I shouldve left it! that may be my second fave on ATLiens after the title track.

  4. MilanRouge says:

    I love Outkast…your song selections are on point and I thought I was the only one on the PLANET that bumped ‘Hollywood Divorce’ like that…definite diamond in the rough on that Idyllwild album.

    One of my all-time fav Outkast songs is “Get Up , Git Out”

    you need to git up, git out and git somethin
    Don’t let the days of your life pass by
    You need to git up, git out and git somethin
    Don’t spend all your time tryin to get high
    You need git up, git out and git somethin
    How will you make it if you never even try
    You need to git up, git out and git somethin
    Cuz you and I got to do for you and I…

    I have so many though. Great post!

    Oh B.O.B. reminds me of a Spring ’01 greeting we had…”she bombs on the pledgessssssss!” bwahahahaha. Mess!

  5. Cryssy says:

    Hollywood Divorce, Get Up, and Spottie are my favorite Outkast Songs…

    B.O.B makes me go insane its just infectious

  6. D. Mitch says:

    I swear Reecie, it’s like we’re linked at the musical hip, because Aquemini is my FAVORITE Outkast joint. The title song gets it krunk every single time I hear it, and Big Boi’s verse is that deal!

    I’m glad I looked at this because I was bout to do a post about Outkast. LOL

    Spottieottiedopalicious reminds me of freshman/sophomore year when TSU’s band used to play this during the football games. Memories indeed!

  7. Ms. Minx says:

    I didn’t really get into OutKast till I heard “B.O.B” so I don’t know a lotta their earlier stuff, but that song, as well as “Pink/Blue” and “Spread” are my favorites.

    Prototype is my ABSOLUTE favorite slow song on The Love Below :o)

    “Hey Ya” WAS a fave, but it also was part of a greeting, so it triggers some memories I’d rather not have, lol.

  8. Ova Da Wudz – Dre 3000 broke down the whole record industry in the first lines of his verse:

    “Everbody wanna get signed, but record companies act like pimps/Getting paid off what we made when we the ones that bly like blimps/But ain’t no “Goodyear,”/I tell it like it is, so I”m like, “Look here…”

    Plus Big Boi’s last verse goes extra hard.

  9. The Lioness says:

    I loved Roses,B.O.B., and “Hey Ya” because it makes me want to get up and dance. I think I might just go put that on.

  10. Melody says:

    I’ve been an Outkast fan since I first heard Southernplaykl;ng;lag. LOL!

    I would add Jazzy Belle and Babylon.

    “I came into this world, high as a bird, from second-hand cocaine powder. Yeah I know it sounds absurd. I never tooted but its in my veins. While the rest of the country bungies off bridges without no snap back and bitches they say they need that to shake they fannies in the ass clubs”

    And So Fresh & So Clean holds a special place in my heart. At one point there were some young ladies that had to refer to me as So Fresh & So Mean. LOL

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